You have roughly 21 meals in any given week so it is important that you go into this with a strategy. The faster you can develop a meal planning routine the easier it will be for you to stay on track with your healthy eating routine.
Over time you will start to get more comfortable in the kitchen and you will likely find that certain meals become staples in your weight loss journey.
How to Create Your Routine
If you are ready to create your meal planning routine, the first thing you want to do is pick a day and time of the week when you want to plan. Whatever day and time you schedule should be a time when you typically aren’t busy. For instance if you usually have Friday nights free then that would be a perfect time to start planning your meals.
The more consistent you are with your routine, the faster it will become a habit and the better your chances for weight loss success.
File Your Recipes
If you have been eating paleo for awhile, you likely have a list of ‘go-to’ recipes that you can easily whip up on a whim. But if you are just learning to use paleo for weight loss then it might take a bit of time for you to find recipes that you like that are also geared towards helping you to lose weight.
This is why it is important to save the recipes that you are using. Over time, keeping track of what you are eating will allow you to do a few different things:
- Establish an eating routine by using the meals that you eat frequently
- Have healthy paleo meals at your fingertips when you are attending a party or gathering
- Get a feel for how to prepare each meal and the time it takes you to prepare each meal
- Have a record of what you have been making so that you can easily start to see patterns in the way your body is reacting to certain ingredients. For example you may notice that anytime you eat a meal with cinnamon you feel full for a much longer period of time.
You should be keeping a journal to document your weight loss journey, But sometimes you need to look deeper than what meals you are eating. Sometimes you need to see exactly what you have been putting into your body and filing your recipes will help you to do that.
Some people find it easier to store their recipes in a recipe book. This can be something as simple as a three ring binder or something as complex as a recipe book with page covers and divider tabs. Either way, having a recipe book will allow you to easily organize your recipes while having the ability to get to them quickly.
Look at Meal Planning Services
One of the hardest things about trying to lose weight can be trying to find the time to plan and make your meals. But the paleo movement continues to be more and more popular and as this is happening, companies are looking for ways to make eating paleo easier for you.
Not only are many mainstream stores carrying paleo approved foods but there are also paleo meal planning services and even paleo delivery services that will bring your meals right to your door. The secret is knowing where to look.
Sometimes when life gets hectic it is easier to have someone plan your recipes for you than to have to plan them yourself. When you use a simple online meal planning service you will never have to guess what you are eating from one day to the next. Simply log into your meal planning service and download your recipes for the week.
You will still have to do your own grocery shopping, but many times you will get a printable grocery list that you can easily print and carry to the store with you. Best of all, many of these services are highly affordable, allowing you to feed your family healthy foods for less than the cost of eating out.